Psychology graduand Emily Mullins combined outstanding service with exceptional academic achievement in the course of her studies to claim the 2022 Governor General’s Silver Medal.
The award recognizes the most outstanding undergraduate academic record in the class of 2022; Mullins will receive it Tuesday afternoon during the first of nine sessions of spring Convocation at the WFCU Centre.
In a citation that will be read at the ceremony, Mullins’ professors describe her as highly motivated and determined, going beyond expectations, and intellectually curious.
Her extensive involvement on campus includes serving as a teaching assistant for the Effective Writing courses in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; helping to develop a 2SLGBTQIA+-focused peer counselling drop-in centre; assisting in the development and implementation of a mentorship program; acting as a peer mentor; and volunteering at the African Diaspora Youth Conference, all while earning a major average of 99 per cent.
Receiving the President’s Medal, awarded to a graduating student who has made an outstanding contribution to campus activities while maintaining a superior academic record, is Alex-Andrei Ungurenasu, who has completed a combined honours degree in English and philosophy.
Ungurenasu’s achievements include presenting research as part of a panel at the British Association for Romantic Studies and publishing the paper “The Roles of Land and Stories in Relational Pedagogy for Indigenous Resurgence” in the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Native American and Indigenous Philosophy.
“An undergraduate presenting single-authored work at an international conference in one discipline and publishing a single-authored work in the professional newsletter of another discipline is a very rare achievement,” notes professor Marcello Guarini. “Indeed, it is truly stunning, not a word I use often or lightly.”
Ungurenasu is the City of Windsor’s youth poet laureate, and has also served on the advisory board of the Humanities Research Group, on the Philosophy Departmental Council, and as a member of the co-ordinating council in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
The President’s Medal will be conferred during the 7 p.m. session of Convocation Tuesday, June 14.
Convocation celebrations continue through June 17 and will be livestreamed; tune in at visit convocation.uwindsor.ca.